June23 2024 (Sun)
7:00 PM

Ariadne auf Naxos

Opera by Richard Strauss

Estates Theatre - Prague Opera tickets | Opera and Ballet

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Date: June 23, 2024 | 19:00 (Sun)
Venue: Estates Theatre - Prague Opera tickets
Duration: 150 minutes
Status: Not available
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Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos

In German, surtitles in Czech, English

In the early 20th century, Richard Strauss shocked theatre-goers with two one-act operas, Salome and Elektra, that to an unprecedented degree conveyed heightened emotions by means of wild, ear-splitting musical expression, reaching sonic extremities. Yet the composer subsequently decided to change the style and make a conciliatory step towards opera audiences. First he wrote Der Rosenkavalier, a still widely popular piece, in which, however, the quintessential Straussian bustle both in the orchestra and on the stage still predominates, followed by the far more intimate and far more serene Ariadne auf Naxos.

The latter’s original version, dating from 1912, was conceived as a postlude to Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s adaptation of Molière’s play Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, but in 1916 Strauss revised it into the form of an independent opera, in which it is most frequently performed today. Even though not anyhow indicated by the title, the principal theme of Ariadne auf Naxos is the competition and respect between “high” and “low” art. What is more, Strauss also reveals the timeless boorishness of those who, aiming to improve their poor cultural status, resolve to become “patrons of the arts”.

The spectators of Strauss’s piece have a choice – like when switching between television channels, for a while they watch a serious opera about Ariadne, abandoned by her lover, and for a while a low-brow farce about the frolicsome Zerbinetta. Thus was the decision taken by the wealthy host of the bizarre performance, which cannot run a millisecond  longer than scheduled, as art will be followed by fireworks and supper … 


National Theatre Orchestra
National Theatre soloists


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  • Two 20 min. intermissions
  • The program may be subject to change
  • The price includes service fee of 3,7 € (100,- CZK)